Sentiment Strip Challenge - Gina K Designs

     I made this card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. The challenge calls for using multiple strip sentiments on our cards.
     I really like finding new ways to expand the use of stamps, stencils, etc. For this card, I used Gina K Designs' SNOWFLAKE MANDALA STENCIL to make my circle embellishments. First, I taped off some of the small areas on the stencil. I brushed those areas with ink onto white cardstock, then punched 1.25" and 1.5" circles. 
     I randomly adhered some circles with double-stick tape and others with foam tape. I added some matching strips of cardstock, then stamped and adhered the sentiment strips. I rounded the top right corner of the card. The strips are about 1/4" and 1/8" wide. 

Designer Tip: One way to add interest to a card, is to add small strips of cardstock like I have on this card. Sometimes it seems your card just needs something else. That's how I felt with this card. I added the strips and rounded the corner. This is a great way to use up scraps!


white cardstock
ink and matching cardstock - blue lagoon, lipstick, grass green
stencil - snowflake mandala 
sentiments - Watt's Up, Forever Flowers 

     There is still plenty of time to join in the fun. You can find a link to the rules here: Home - Gina K Designs . Once you are there, click on "Community" and you will find the challenge.
     Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Hope you are having a great day,




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All About the Background Challenge - Gina K Designs


     Thanks so much for stopping in today. I've been playing with plaids lately. I created this card for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. This month's challenge is to create a background. 
     I cut 1/4", 3/8" and 5/8" strips and arranged them until I liked the look. I used Gina K Designs cardstock in these colors:
        Passionate Pink
        Bubblegum Pink
        Blue Lagoon
     Designer Tip:  I used three colors of cardstock to weave my plaids to create a more balanced design. I do think using only one color with different sized strips or different textures would look nice too. This is also a great idea to use up scraps of cardstock.
     I used Gina K Designs - FOREVER FLOWERS collection to heat-emboss and then die-cut my flower. I made two sizes of the blooms and adhered them to each other with foam tape. Then I adhered the bloom to the card with more foam tape. I heat-embossed the sentiment with a stamp from the BOLD & BLOOMING collection. I used matching Passionate Pink dye ink and clear embossing powder.
Designer Tip:  I usually use pigment ink when heat-embossing the images I use. The pigment stays wet longer allowing me more time to pour on the powder before it dries. Here I used Gina K Designs dye ink here since it matched. It worked, but I had to work fast.
     I added a few pearls to finish off the card. 
     There is still plenty of time if you want to join in the fun with your own card. Here's a link to the rules. Hope you have a great day, 



Stenciled Background Challenge - Gina K Designs


     I have a card today for the monthly challenge at Gina K Designs. The challenge asks us to create a background using stencils. 

          First, I created a full sheet of design be moving my stencil around. I used Gina K Designs' SNOWFLAKE MANDALA stencil to create a floral kind of background on white cardstock. I can make several cards by cutting a few panels from this sheet. I used PASSIONATE PINK cardstock and ink to create my card. 
     I heat-embossed and die cut two sizes of flowers from the FOREVER FLOWERS collection and adhered them to each other and to the card using foam tape. I used GRASS GREEN ink to stamp the foliage. 
      This sentiment is from the INSPIRING POPPIES in black ink.
     Thanks so much for taking time to see my card. There is still plenty of time to enter the Gina K Designs challenge. Here's a link to the rules. Home - Gina K Designs

    Hope you are having a great day, 



Gray & Yellow Color Challenge - Gina K Designs


     I have a card today for the weekly-color-challenge on the Gina K Designs & Stamp TV page on Facebook. This weeks colors are gray and yellow. They are the new Pantone colors of the year. There is a new challenge every Tuesday.

     I heat-embossed the flowers and stacked three sizes and layers with foam tape. I die-cut the sentiment using Lemon Drop cardstock. The sentiment is from the FOREVER FLOWERS collection. The flowers are from the BOLD & BLOOMING collection.

     Designer Tip: To make my front panel pop, I ran all four edges across a black  ink pad. I used a pigment ink pad because the sponge is softer than a dye ink pad. Both make dark edges, but I like the look of the softer pad better.

     Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a wonderful day,